Craft Beer Cellar DC Grand Opening Saturday (Soft Opening Thursday)

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3rd and H Street, NE

Ed. Note: Also soft opening on Thursday, August 4, from 12-8 p.m.

From a press release:

“Craft Beer Cellar DC, offering a beer selection never before seen in the District, is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, August 6 at 10 a.m. at 301 H Street, NE.
Craft Beer Cellar DC aims to be the premier craft beer store in Washington, DC, with a focus on local, regional, US and international craft beer.

“We want to provide our customers with an unparalleled craft beer experience, from product selection to hospitality to educational events,” said store owner Erika Goedrich. “We want to know our customers, to share our passion with them, and for them to feel informed and confident in their selections.”

Customers will be allowed to assemble mixed packs with any beer in the store. Craft Beer Cellar DC will collaborate with breweries to provide tastings and other events to help educate about beers, beer styles, breweries, brewing history and process. The grand opening event features tastings from DC Brau, Union Craft Brewing and Adroit Theory.

Craft Beer Cellar DC will also offer a small selection of cider, wine and spirits, as well as complementary food products (BBQ sauces/mustard made with beer, chocolate and jerky) and glassware, books and other merchandise.”

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  • Open one up in Petworth please

    • Yes Organic in Petworth has a pretty frequently rotating beer stock for surprisingly good prices! Plus, they have about a dozen growler options at a time!

  • Met the owner at a beer tasting, super nice and excited about the place. In a great spot, can’t wait to visit!

  • Craft Beer Cellar DC aims to be the premier craft beer store in Washington, DC, with a focus on local, regional, US and international craft beer. – So they’re focusing on all the craft beer in the world then?

  • My only complaint, such as it is, about the previous craft beer cellars I’ve been to is the huge selection leads to less than quick turnover. Then combined with a large portion of the beers being stored at room temp, there’s lot of good beer being sold in less than optimal condition.

    • Ashy Oldlady

      I agree. All of these places are the same: If you aren’t careful, you end up bringing home something that’s been on the shelf for two years. Even the better beer shops don’t really track the age of their inventory too carefully. The good ones have a fair return and/or exchange policy.

    • Eh, I bet the good/in-demand stuff will turn over quickly enough for this to not be a real issue. I found its usually pretty simple to tell how long a given bottle has been collecting dust.

  • Growler fills or no? It would seem very odd for a craft-focused shop not to offer them.

  • northeazy

    They better come correct or don’t come at all. Every liquor store on H has a decent craft beer selection; and Whole Foods will have a mega one. If all they offer is stuff I can get at the Korean Grocer on 11th and H, why bother? If they can at least be as good as Rodman’s in Tenleytown or even better, Bradley Food and Beverage in Bethesda, they’ll do fine, and possibly even survive, until Whole Foods comes. I really hope they get the good stuff. The impossible to find stuff. Otherwise, what is their competitive advantage? I’ll just go to WF.

    • Maybe price? Also, it doesn’t seem crazy that — gasp — the area might be able to support both this place and a Whole Foods beer section! This will likely be way more extensive.

    • They had Craft Beer Cellars in New England, and I always found them to have a bigger selection than Whole Foods.

    • justinbc

      I’m sure it will have plenty of things that Whole Foods doesn’t offer. Many breweries sell certain products to shops and restaurants only, versus big chain grocers.

      • skj84

        I’m very excited about Adroit Theory Brewing. Craft Beer Cellars will be the only retail shop in DC proper to purchase their beer.

  • justinbc

    YES! This news comes at a great time after “Me & My” on 1tth and H closed recently.

    • Whoa, what?! When did this close? Gotta say, while I went to Me & My a decent bit due to the decent selection, I found their prices to be obnoxiously high and the recommendations from the owner (manager?) to be less than stellar.

  • This is like a block from our new place. I hope they bring their A-game though… because with the new WF coming in, and Schneider’s having a decent selection – it’ll take something good to get me in here repeatedly. With that said – I’m super excited for it!

  • justinbc

    Crap. I just realized my wife will be out of town when this opens. I have zero control in these stores without adult supervision…

  • wooooo! i’ve been looking forward to this. whole foods is really the best beer selection in the city, and there’s no reason that should be the case. more options! hope there are some fun finds here!

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